What are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear human lens. The human lens sits behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. The lens helps to focus light or images on the retina, which is located in the back of the eye. When the lens is clear, it produces a sharp image on the retina. If the lens becomes clouded, light is absorbed or scattered, causing images that are fuzzy or blurry. The development of a cataract is oftentimes a natural part of the aging process. It may take many years for a cataract to form or it may happen in a matter of months. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 55 and older.

Advantages of "No-Stitch" Cataract Surgery

Years ago cataract surgery required a hospital stay, long healing times and restrictions on activities. Recovery time for best vision was 2 to 3 months. Surgery-induced astigmatism frequently required eyeglass prescription changes during the first year after surgery. Many patients experienced restricted activities until they completely healed.

With new technologies and techniques, visual recovery time from surgery is much quicker. For example, today “No-Stitch” cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.

Modern cataract surgery is one of the major advances in eye care. The incision is so small and precise it actually seals itself without stitches.

Read more about the Multifocal Intraocular Lens (IOL) Procedure for cataract patients.

After surgery, patients usually do not have their eye patched. They can resume their usual lifestyle and normal activities soon after the procedure is performed.

If you would like more information, you can call us at (716) 896-8831.

Cataract Symptoms

  • Difficulty driving on bright, sunny days, due to glare.
  • Colors appear faded.
  • Newspaper or magazine print runs together, or is blurred.
  • Halos appear around lights at night.
  • Driving at night becomes difficult.
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